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NU student on bike dies in accident

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An 18-year-old female Northwestern University student riding a bicycle was struck and killed near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Garrett Place about 5 o'clock this afternoon.

Update 7:55 p.m.: Evanston police now say the cyclist, who was traveling westbound on Northwestern Place, one of three main entrances to the campus, collided with a cement truck that was northbound on Sheridan Road.

Police examining the cement truck involved in the accident. (Bob Parris photo)

Police say the bicyclist was unresponsive when Evanston Fire Department paramedics arrived on the scene. She was transported with multiple injuries to Evanston North Shore University Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The identity of the bicyclist is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

The crash is being investigated by the Evanston Police Department's Traffic Bureau with the assistance of the Major Crash Assistance Team.

At this preliminary stage, police believe the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet. No citations have been issued to the cement truck operator, a 38-year old Des Plaines man, at this time, police say, but the crash is still under investigation.

Sheridan Road was reopened to traffic shortly after 9 p.m.


Update 6:25 a.m. 9/23/16: Northwestern officials identified the student killed as Chuyuan “Chu” Qiu, a freshman from Nanjing China enrolled in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.


Update 10:35 a.m 9/23/16: Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that the truck had a green light when the bicyclist turned into the same traffic lane. There's also no indication that the truck driver was impaired or distracted. No citations have been issued so far, but police say the investigation continues.


Update 11:23 a.m. 9/23/16: University officials say they're making counseling services available to students who may have been emotionally impacted by the bicyclist's death.

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